Tims Gardening Column


  • We were like monkeys - Feb 19, 2009

    Last week I had a reunion with the Anderson family who lived behind us at Rydalmere. When I was a kid we used to jump their fence in Summer and swim in their above ground pool. Kenny's big brother Brian used to hold us under the water until we almost turned blue. He was like a crocodile. They had a huge Santa Rosa plum tree that got c...

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  • Insulate your garden now! - Feb 4, 2009

    With temperatures hitting 40+ the best way to protect your plants from the heat is to insulate the soil. Any mulch is better than no mulch but the finer the particle the more water it will hold when it does rain. Mulch is like a big sponge that soaks up the water and then releases it back into the soil over time. Large chunky mulches allow ho...

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  • This Bug Stinks! - Dec 1, 2008

    When I was growing up in Castle Hill my neighbour was such a tidy freak she used to vacuum the driveway. Once I even saw her vacuuming the Lemon tree in the backyard. It wasn't until I studied horticulture that I realised my neighbour was using the vacuum cleaner to suck the Stink Bugs off the tree. These cockroach looking bugs are al...

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  • Grow your own Blueberries - Nov 12, 2008

    The other day my mother was telling me how she had heard that a certain fruit could help prevent Alzheimer's disease. She couldn't remember what the name of the fruit was so it may be too late to help her. Scientists have discovered that Blueberries don't just taste great but they are good for you too. Blueberries are long lived easy to grow ...

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  • Paws can keep you poor? - Oct 23, 2008

    Anyone who has bought a Kangaroo Paw will know that this fussy native plant will be on life support it's entire short life. Numerous new disease resistant varieties have been released over the years but almost all are complete failures unless you grow them in a pot using a native potting mix. The only other way to get a Kangaroo Paw to surviv...

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